A Day in the Life of

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In seeking to promote inter/multi-faith conversations at the University of Redlands (and in our community, more broadly), CDI invites students and community members to ‘try on’ a ‘day in the life of …’ respective religious traditions.

In celebration of 'World Interfaith Harmony Week', please take the time to open the links below to access guidelines for the daily practice of the following paths:

 

Hindu

Guidelines to live by: Dharma is a path in which you are heading towards your destiny. Karma is the action you perform while moving towards your destiny.

Daily Practice:

  • Morning:
    • Bathe
    • Morning Prayers, meditation, and yoga
  • Throughout the day:
    • Pray in a way that brings you close to God
    • Acts of Kindness/Charity
    • Eat humbly, and plainly. Vegetarian. Nothing spicy. Food should be lukewarm.
    • Self-reflection (Reflect on the wrongs committed that day)
  • Evening:
    • Bathe
    • Evening Prayers, study   

Advice to Participants:

  1. Dress modestly
  2. Remember God in all your activities

Hope for Participants:

  • “Aspire to find the Truth.”

Contributors: Srividya Chaitanya, Victoria Randall-Hallard '21, Gabor Nemeth '19

 

Buddhist

Guidelines to live by: Find God in everybody. Be humble, kind, and compassionate.

Daily Practice:

  • Morning:
    • Morning meditation
  • Throughout the day:
    • Observe the Five Buddhist Precepts
      • abstain from taking life
      • abstain from taking what is not given
      • abstain from sensuous misconduct
      • abstain from false speech
      • abstain from intoxication
    • Acts of Kindness/Charity
  • Evening:
    • Evening meditation, study   

Advice to Participants:

  • Practice meditation, mindfulness, and tolerance.
  • Develop a sense of interdependence.
  • Embrace imperfection and live in the current moment.  

Hope for Participants:

  • That they would understand that religion is not only “religion” but also philosophy and culture.

(Contributors: Prof. Hongwei Lu, Romina Marie Baronia '22)

 

Muslim

Guidelines to Live By: Be a responsible human being as a representative of the Muslim community and educate the non-Muslim community on Islam. Be responsible as a spiritual human being.

Daily Practice:

  • Morning:
    • Begin the day with prayer
  • Throughout the Day:
    • Pray five times (3-5 minutes). Prepare through ablutions: washing of the hands, face, right arm to the elbow, left arm to the elbow, right foot to the ankle, and left foot to the ankle.
      • Morning (Fajr)
      • Early Afternoon (Dhuhr)
      • Late Afternoon (Asr)
      • Sunset (Maghrib)
      • Night (Isha’a)
    • Read the Quran
    • Almsgiving (giving charity)
  • Evening:
    • End the day with Prayer.

Advice to Participants:

  • Don't eat pork or anything derived from a pig.
  • Don't eat or drink alcohol in any form.
  • No sexual contact with anyone who is not your spouse.
  • Give Charity.
  • Contact your parents if you haven't reached out to them for that day.

Hope for Participants: That they would know what Islam teaches, what diversity is, and how Muslims are included in that diversity.

Contributors: Prof. Sana Tayyen, Romina Marie Baronia '22

 

Christian

Guidelines to live by: The Ten Commandments and a New Commandment, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Daily Practice:

  • Morning:
    • Lord’s Prayer   
    • Prayers of Thanksgiving   
      • Prayers to the Saints:
        • Saint Toribio [Patron Saint of Immigrants] 
        • Saint Cecelia [Patron Saint of Music]
        • Saint Thomas [Patron Saint of Education]
        • Saint John Paul II [Guide for Students]
  • Throughout the Day:
    • Scripture Reading (Morning or Evening)
    • Prayer of Thanks before Meals
    • Acts of Kindness/Charity
    • Lenten Fast from Dairy; Meat; Eggs; Oil; Wine; Fish (Shellfish Ok)
    • Self-reflection (Particularly during Lent)
  • Evening:
    • Evening Prayer   
    • Pray the Rosary
  • Weekly:
    • Attend a Church Service in a community of your choice

Advice to Participants:

  • Practice what you pray (and read). Focus on Love.

Hope for Participants: That they would learn to know what Christianity teaches, and resonate with its message of Love.

Contributors: Timothy Cunningham '22, Gabriel Olivares '22, Matthew Solomon, Prof. John Walsh, Romina Marie Baronia '22, Prof. Lillian Larsen

 

Jew

Guidelines to live by: Mitzvah:  Do good deeds. Tikkun Olam: We are caretakers of the Earth. Do good in the world.

Daily Practice:

  • Morning:
    • Morning Prayers: Give thanks for the day.
    • Modim Prayer: Prayers of thanks to Adonai
  • Throughout the day:
    • Celebrate the daily miracle of life.
    • Prayer before meals
    • Keep a Kosher Diet
    • Practice acts of Kindness/Charity
  • Evening:
    • Prayer before bed
  • Weekly: Sabbath (Sundown Friday – Sundown Saturday):
    • Enjoy a day of rest.
    • Attend Shabbat Services (Friday Night and Saturday Morning).
    • Torah Reading / Study:  Reflect on teachings.

Advice to Participants:

  • Be true to yourself and your intentions.

Hope for Participants: Realize that being Jewish is much more than a religious practice. Appreciate Jewish life and history and reflect on the history of Judaism and the life of Jews.

Contributors: Alana Mittleman, Megan Eslamboly '22, Annie Citrine '22, Bella Davis '22, Gabriel Olivares '22

 

For more information, please contact Campus Diversity and Inclusion.